Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tragedies and knee-jerk responses

In 2001, close to 3000 people lost their lives in a terrorist attack on New York City and Washington DC invloving hi-jacked airplanes.

Did we blame the airplanes and ban them? No, we blamed the people who perpetrated the despicable acts.

In 2010, automobile accidents caused 32,885 deaths in the US. 10,228 of those deaths were attributed to drunk drivers.

Did we ban automobiles or alcohol? No, we blamed those responsible (when appropriate).

In 2010, 70 people died in logging incidents in the US. (Which, statistically, was 21 times higher than the overall fatality rate in the US.)

Have we banned chainsaws? No. We are looking at ways to make the logging industry safer.

And yet, when a tragedy occurs that involve guns, people instantly start calling for gun bans. It's insane. Truly. Consider that the yearly deaths caused by drunk drivers are around the same as the yearly deaths caused by guns. Why is the same outcry not heard for banning alcohol or cars? Now consider that the yearly death toll reported for guns is BULLSHIT, because they include self-defense shootings and police officer shootings in the HOMICIDE category along with  people killed in school shootings, robbery shootings, and home invasion shootings. The actual number of deaths caused by criminals shooting innocents is much lower than that of drunks killing innocents with cars.

Now consider that guns are constitutionally protected, and cars are not. Don't give me all the crap talking points that people on TV spew. Read quotes from the founding fathers themselves, and then you tell me that they meant for us to be limited. No, they meant for us to keep the power in this country, so that the government would not turn into the same kind of government that they just fought for their freedoms.

You can ban all the guns you like, but it will not stop tragedies like this from occurring. The UK has a very strict gun ban, and yet they still have mass shootings. Let's start thinking rationally and stop responding emotionally. Yes, death is a tragedy. Yes, I feel for those parents. No, I don't think I should be punished for what someone else did.